Looking outside this morning millions of British citizens were confronted by an unusually shade of overcast and the sun glowing a curious red.

Researchers from the Met Office say the unique colour was likely caused by dust and sand blown up from the Sahara.

Whilst most people south of Chester remarked on its unusual appearance and took photos for their Instagram account, the population of northern parts of the UK have been plunged into confusion and fear.

Rochdale resident Keith Barnett said “I went outside to get the milk when I noticed the sun, which was unusual for this season anyway, but it was the colour that put the fright into me; Red, deep glowing red! An ominous omen I reckon. I ran full pelt across the village green clutching my lucky flat cap in order to tell the wise woman and seek guidance..”

Like many in the north, Keith still views weather phenomenon as a precursor to great change. As such whole communities in the north will consult wise women and sooth sayers for understanding and assurance. One such wise woman is Helen Grundy of Middleton.
“Aye, I foresaw the blood sun; I read it in my tea leaves… PG tips, not that Typhoo rubbish. Now the blood sun has appeared and hangs in the sky, it warns of a great change. I’ve summoned a gathering for the burning ceremony to ward away evil and appease the the gods.”

“We’ve not had a burning ceremony since all the streets dogs kept barking at the moon a few weeks back. It was sad when my neighbour Rob was selected as the sacrifice, but you can never be too careful when it comes to the omens.”

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